Three men pleaded guilty Monday as part of an ongoing case into corruption at the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT).
The State Attorney General’s Office announced guilty pleas from former SCDOT employees Joe Butler and Curtis Singleton and contractor Allen Ray on various charges, including bribery, accessory to criminal conspiracy, and misconduct in office. The three men will not be sentenced until their cooperation for the state’s investigation of fellow or potential future defendants.
Singleton was the former head of SCDOT’s District One signal shop in the Midlands. A grand jury indictment handed down last July states Singleton on at least three occasions demanded bribes from contractors working on projects involving his shop. According to prosecutors, Singleton sought and received a $1,200 payment in 2011 from a contractor involved with signal work on a Lexington County intersection. He also demanded another business owner sell him a truck, which the contractor did for $10,000 less than market value. Prosecutors said a third supplier was told to mark up its price by $3,400. The indictment states Singleton received $2,500 of the total. [Read more…]